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Top Historic Comebacks in Baseball History -

Here are the top regular season comebacks, covering all seasons from 1903-2011, sorted by each team's lowest playoff chances of the season. All of the listed teams eventually came back to make the playoffs in that particular season!

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Rank POFF Team Date Avg POFF
1 <0.1%   1914 Boston Braves   7/4/1914 28.5%
2 0.2%   2005 Houston Astros   6/7/2005 36.1%
3 0.2%   1964 St. Louis Cardinals   7/24/1964 7.1%
4 0.2%   1973 New York Mets   8/5/1973 10.0%
5 0.3%   1951 New York Giants   8/12/1951 10.1%
6 0.5%   2011 Tampa Bay Rays   9/3/2011 9.7%
7 0.6%   2004 Houston Astros   8/26/2004 18.5%
8 0.6%   1978 New York Yankees   7/18/1978 23.4%
9 0.7%   1930 St. Louis Cardinals   8/19/1930 18.0%
10 0.7%   1934 St. Louis Cardinals   9/6/1934 14.8%
11 0.7%   1936 New York Giants   7/14/1936 36.6%
12 0.8%   1973 Cincinnati Reds   6/30/1973 31.1%
13 0.8%   2002 Oakland Athletics   6/5/2002 41.7%
14 0.8%   1985 Los Angeles Dodgers   6/9/1985 58.0%
15 0.8%   1906 Chicago White Sox   6/15/1906 37.8%
16 1.0%   1988 Boston Red Sox   6/13/1988 31.7%
17 1.0%   1984 Kansas City Royals   7/18/1984 18.1%
18 1.0%   2007 Colorado Rockies   6/1/2007 15.8%
19 1.1%   2011 St. Louis Cardinals   8/27/2011 29.0%
20 1.4%   1969 New York Mets   8/14/1969 25.3%
21 1.5%   1935 Chicago Cubs   6/11/1935 22.4%
22 1.5%   1974 Baltimore Orioles   8/29/1974 17.3%
23 1.7%   2006 Minnesota Twins   6/6/2006 39.5%
24 1.7%   1995 New York Yankees   8/26/1995 23.2%
25 1.9%   1962 San Francisco Giants   9/22/1962 29.9%
26 2.0%   2009 Colorado Rockies   6/3/2009 51.4%
27 2.0%   1916 Boston Red Sox   6/17/1916 29.6%
28 2.1%   1915 Boston Red Sox   6/9/1915 46.1%
29 2.3%   1982 Milwaukee Brewers   6/9/1982 53.8%
30 2.5%   1965 Los Angeles Dodgers   9/15/1965 32.4%
31 2.5%   1938 Chicago Cubs   9/3/1938 21.5%
32 2.6%   2003 Florida Marlins   6/29/2003 24.3%
33 2.8%   1967 Boston Red Sox   6/13/1967 23.0%
34 3.0%   1969 Atlanta Braves   9/1/1969 21.5%
35 3.4%   1926 St. Louis Cardinals   6/1/1926 34.4%
36 3.5%   1908 Chicago Cubs   9/18/1908 25.5%
37 3.7%   1903 Pittsburgh Pirates   6/1/1903 72.1%
38 3.8%   1907 Detroit Tigers   7/17/1907 27.9%
39 3.9%   1959 Los Angeles Dodgers   6/2/1959 17.2%
40 4.0%   2009 Minnesota Twins   9/30/2009 24.9%
41 4.1%   1983 Los Angeles Dodgers   8/11/1983 46.8%
42 4.1%   1993 Atlanta Braves   7/22/1993 23.4%
43 4.2%   1933 Washington Senators   6/6/1933 64.6%
44 4.2%   1956 Brooklyn Dodgers   7/23/1956 22.4%
45 4.4%   2001 Oakland Athletics   6/26/2001 51.2%
46 4.5%   1977 Kansas City Royals   6/3/1977 42.5%
47 4.8%   1970 Pittsburgh Pirates   6/18/1970 37.8%
48 5.0%   1991 Atlanta Braves   7/7/1991 34.9%
49 5.0%   1980 Philadelphia Phillies   8/10/1980 34.6%
50 5.1%   1989 Toronto Blue Jays   7/5/1989 34.5%
51 5.1%   1974 Pittsburgh Pirates   6/7/1974 33.7%
52 5.2%   1924 Washington Senators   6/1/1924 41.8%
53 5.3%   1991 Minnesota Twins   6/1/1991 63.2%
54 5.4%   1982 Atlanta Braves   9/22/1982 47.8%
55 5.4%   2007 Arizona Diamondbacks   7/20/2007 45.6%
56 5.4%   2006 Los Angeles Dodgers   7/26/2006 53.0%
57 5.8%   2001 Houston Astros   6/17/2001 52.9%
58 5.9%   2003 Chicago Cubs   7/19/2003 23.8%
59 6.0%   1945 Detroit Tigers   6/5/1945 39.8%
60 6.0%   1972 Detroit Tigers   9/11/1972 31.5%
61 6.1%   1942 St. Louis Cardinals   8/15/1942 25.6%
62 6.2%   1964 New York Yankees   8/22/1964 33.1%
63 6.3%   1908 Detroit Tigers   6/15/1908 37.0%
64 6.3%   1948 Cleveland Indians   9/14/1948 47.1%
65 6.3%   2004 Atlanta Braves   6/23/2004 65.4%
66 6.4%   2001 St. Louis Cardinals   7/24/2001 34.6%
67 6.5%   2005 New York Yankees   6/7/2005 31.7%
68 6.7%   1993 Toronto Blue Jays   6/12/1993 44.5%
69 6.9%   1987 Detroit Tigers   6/2/1987 31.5%
70 7.0%   1921 New York Giants   8/23/1921 46.2%
71 7.0%   1996 Baltimore Orioles   7/26/1996 37.5%
72 7.0%   1995 Seattle Mariners   7/16/1995 31.9%
73 7.4%   1937 New York Giants   8/3/1937 40.7%
74 7.5%   1983 Chicago White Sox   6/11/1983 59.1%
75 7.6%   1979 Pittsburgh Pirates   7/7/1979 36.3%
76 7.7%   1904 Boston Red Sox   8/16/1904 40.0%
77 7.7%   1934 Detroit Tigers   6/1/1934 64.0%
78 7.8%   1941 New York Yankees   6/6/1941 74.7%
79 8.0%   2003 Minnesota Twins   7/13/2003 44.5%
80 8.2%   1977 Philadelphia Phillies   6/15/1977 55.0%
81 8.3%   1947 Brooklyn Dodgers   6/17/1947 56.5%
82 8.3%   1963 Los Angeles Dodgers   6/3/1963 57.2%
83 8.3%   1959 Chicago White Sox   6/20/1959 50.6%
84 8.4%   1986 California Angels   6/13/1986 64.3%
85 8.5%   1999 New York Mets   9/30/1999 54.8%
86 8.6%   1973 Oakland Athletics   6/1/1973 64.7%
87 8.7%   1990 Boston Red Sox   7/23/1990 39.0%
88 8.8%   1945 Chicago Cubs   6/14/1945 57.1%
89 8.9%   2007 Philadelphia Phillies   6/1/2007 29.1%
90 9.2%   1979 Cincinnati Reds   7/4/1979 47.4%
91 9.2%   1905 Philadelphia Athletics   6/20/1905 44.5%
92 9.3%   1930 Philadelphia Athletics   6/14/1930 63.3%
93 9.4%   1985 Kansas City Royals   7/18/1985 37.0%
94 9.9%   1938 New York Yankees   6/8/1938 67.9%
95 10.3%   1966 Los Angeles Dodgers   7/1/1966 37.1%
96 10.5%   1922 New York Yankees   6/25/1922 40.4%
97 10.5%   1920 Brooklyn Dodgers   6/29/1920 52.4%
98 10.6%   1998 Chicago Cubs   6/30/1998 29.5%
99 10.6%   1967 St. Louis Cardinals   6/7/1967 62.3%
100 10.6%   1987 San Francisco Giants   6/27/1987 47.4%
101 10.9%   1992 Oakland Athletics   7/9/1992 52.5%
102 11.0%   1961 New York Yankees   6/3/1961 62.6%
103 11.0%   1911 New York Giants   7/28/1911 47.0%
104 11.0%   1983 Philadelphia Phillies   6/7/1983 39.9%
105 11.2%   1940 Detroit Tigers   6/4/1940 41.4%
106 11.2%   1957 Milwaukee Braves   6/6/1957 52.8%
107 11.2%   1992 Atlanta Braves   6/3/1992 59.7%
108 11.2%   1946 St. Louis Cardinals   6/7/1946 46.7%
109 11.3%   1983 Baltimore Orioles   7/12/1983 44.9%
110 11.3%   1935 Detroit Tigers   6/20/1935 60.1%
111 11.5%   1915 Philadelphia Phillies   6/2/1915 60.3%
112 12.1%   2010 San Francisco Giants   7/2/2010 45.6%
113 12.2%   2004 Anaheim Angels   9/24/2004 35.3%
114 12.2%   1992 Toronto Blue Jays   6/7/1992 53.4%
115 12.4%   2008 Milwaukee Brewers   6/1/2008 53.3%
116 12.6%   2008 Los Angeles Dodgers   8/29/2008 50.8%
117 12.6%   1950 New York Yankees   7/1/1950 39.8%
118 12.9%   1944 St. Louis Browns   6/1/1944 54.6%
119 13.1%   1927 Pittsburgh Pirates   8/16/1927 50.4%
120 13.1%   2007 New York Yankees   6/4/2007 52.7%
121 13.1%   2010 Philadelphia Phillies   7/21/2010 45.7%
122 13.2%   1949 Brooklyn Dodgers   9/25/1949 44.0%
123 14.0%   1948 Boston Braves   6/6/1948 61.2%
124 15.0%   1987 Minnesota Twins   6/5/1987 44.7%
125 15.1%   1962 New York Yankees   6/20/1962 61.8%
126 15.3%   1912 Boston Red Sox   6/5/1912 79.4%
127 15.4%   1997 San Francisco Giants   9/16/1997 42.2%
128 15.5%   2006 San Diego Padres   6/6/2006 46.9%
129 15.5%   1953 Brooklyn Dodgers   6/18/1953 70.0%
130 15.7%   2001 Atlanta Braves   6/1/2001 58.1%
131 16.0%   1918 Boston Red Sox   6/8/1918 69.8%
132 16.3%   2006 Oakland Athletics   6/7/2006 55.4%
133 16.4%   1975 Boston Red Sox   6/25/1975 62.2%
134 16.6%   1995 Colorado Rockies   6/24/1995 50.9%
135 16.6%   1921 New York Yankees   6/21/1921 50.1%
136 16.6%   1980 Houston Astros   8/13/1980 42.2%
137 16.8%   1982 St. Louis Cardinals   6/28/1982 50.6%
138 16.8%   1955 New York Yankees   8/9/1955 44.5%
139 16.8%   1989 Chicago Cubs   7/3/1989 49.6%
140 16.8%   1984 San Diego Padres   6/1/1984 73.5%
141 17.0%   2004 Minnesota Twins   6/5/2004 58.4%
142 17.0%   1909 Detroit Tigers   8/21/1909 51.7%
143 17.2%   2000 New York Mets   6/6/2000 69.7%
144 17.3%   2011 Milwaukee Brewers   7/15/2011 63.8%
145 17.3%   1998 Texas Rangers   9/6/1998 50.4%
146 17.4%   1950 Philadelphia Phillies   6/15/1950 58.5%
147 17.5%   1913 New York Giants   6/14/1913 77.8%
148 17.5%   1957 New York Yankees   6/2/1957 74.2%
149 17.5%   1996 St. Louis Cardinals   6/10/1996 56.6%
150 17.9%   1960 New York Yankees   6/6/1960 54.7%
151 18.0%   1989 Oakland Athletics   7/15/1989 47.1%
152 18.3%   1925 Pittsburgh Pirates   6/1/1925 73.0%
153 18.8%   1932 Chicago Cubs   7/24/1932 53.2%
154 19.1%   1972 Cincinnati Reds   6/6/1972 77.3%
155 19.2%   1978 Kansas City Royals   7/6/1978 61.9%
156 19.5%   2009 Los Angeles Angels   6/11/2009 72.4%
157 19.6%   1963 New York Yankees   6/8/1963 73.7%
158 19.9%   1954 New York Giants   6/2/1954 79.4%
159 20.2%   1997 Houston Astros   6/14/1997 67.1%
160 20.3%   1951 New York Yankees   8/23/1951 52.4%
161 20.4%   1973 Baltimore Orioles   6/1/1973 61.6%
162 20.6%   2000 Oakland Athletics   7/21/2000 46.2%
163 20.7%   1977 New York Yankees   8/6/1977 53.4%
164 20.7%   1995 Los Angeles Dodgers   7/13/1995 46.7%
165 20.7%   1933 New York Giants   6/1/1933 69.3%
166 21.0%   1961 Cincinnati Reds   6/4/1961 56.1%
167 21.0%   2008 Philadelphia Phillies   9/10/2008 61.7%
168 21.1%   2009 St. Louis Cardinals   6/9/2009 65.6%
169 21.3%   2004 Los Angeles Dodgers   7/2/2004 70.4%
170 21.3%   1978 Los Angeles Dodgers   6/5/1978 52.9%
171 21.5%   1986 Houston Astros   6/3/1986 65.6%
172 22.1%   1993 Chicago White Sox   6/4/1993 62.1%
173 22.5%   1920 Cleveland Indians   8/29/1920 47.9%
174 22.9%   1943 New York Yankees   7/4/1943 76.1%
175 23.1%   1919 Cincinnati Reds   6/12/1919 63.8%
176 23.2%   1996 Los Angeles Dodgers   8/9/1996 50.1%
177 23.6%   1990 Pittsburgh Pirates   6/23/1990 49.6%
178 23.7%   2005 Boston Red Sox   6/10/2005 62.9%
179 23.9%   2000 San Francisco Giants   6/3/2000 70.2%
180 24.1%   1985 St. Louis Cardinals   6/2/1985 66.4%
181 24.2%   1997 Seattle Mariners   6/1/1997 66.1%
182 24.3%   1982 California Angels   8/30/1982 50.8%
183 24.4%   1999 Boston Red Sox   8/22/1999 61.5%
184 24.4%   1929 Chicago Cubs   6/17/1929 70.5%
185 24.5%   2010 Minnesota Twins   7/20/2010 70.3%
186 24.8%   1931 St. Louis Cardinals   6/28/1931 67.7%
187 25.1%   2003 Oakland Athletics   7/20/2003 58.6%
188 25.2%   1919 Chicago White Sox   7/1/1919 72.4%
189 25.3%   1969 Minnesota Twins   6/29/1969 70.5%
190 25.4%   1991 Toronto Blue Jays   6/19/1991 62.7%
191 25.5%   1916 Brooklyn Dodgers   9/7/1916 52.3%
192 25.5%   2011 Detroit Tigers   6/1/2011 63.5%
193 25.8%   1997 Florida Marlins   6/5/1997 61.4%
194 25.8%   2005 Atlanta Braves   6/13/2005 77.7%
195 26.0%   2007 Chicago Cubs   6/21/2007 57.0%
196 26.2%   1965 Minnesota Twins   6/28/1965 73.0%
197 26.4%   1958 Milwaukee Braves   6/10/1958 65.6%
198 26.4%   1975 Oakland Athletics   6/7/1975 81.5%
199 26.5%   1984 Chicago Cubs   7/27/1984 65.3%
200 26.5%   2011 Arizona Diamondbacks   7/20/2011 61.1%
201 26.6%   1952 New York Yankees   6/7/1952 62.4%
202 26.8%   1903 Boston Red Sox   6/18/1903 76.0%
203 27.1%   1909 Pittsburgh Pirates   6/1/1909 72.2%
204 27.4%   2003 Boston Red Sox   6/2/2003 60.7%
205 27.8%   2006 New York Yankees   7/4/2006 71.9%
206 27.8%   2010 Cincinnati Reds   6/20/2010 69.6%
207 27.9%   2002 San Francisco Giants   8/24/2002 61.0%
208 28.0%   1928 St. Louis Cardinals   6/2/1928 67.3%
209 28.3%   1923 New York Giants   7/19/1923 70.5%
210 28.5%   2008 Chicago White Sox   9/28/2008 64.9%
211 28.8%   2009 Philadelphia Phillies   7/2/2009 77.2%
212 28.9%   1996 San Diego Padres   6/20/1996 66.1%
213 29.3%   1978 Philadelphia Phillies   6/20/1978 64.8%
214 29.5%   1986 Boston Red Sox   8/5/1986 68.4%
215 29.5%   2000 New York Yankees   6/18/2000 73.0%
216 30.3%   1910 Philadelphia Athletics   6/7/1910 83.3%
217 30.5%   1918 Chicago Cubs   6/1/1918 78.6%
218 30.6%   1979 California Angels   6/28/1979 67.1%
219 30.8%   1949 New York Yankees   9/26/1949 70.8%
220 31.0%   1914 Philadelphia Athletics   6/7/1914 75.0%
221 31.9%   1911 Philadelphia Athletics   6/8/1911 72.3%
222 32.0%   1925 Washington Senators   6/21/1925 64.0%
223 32.1%   1975 Pittsburgh Pirates   6/3/1975 74.7%
224 32.4%   1960 Pittsburgh Pirates   6/7/1960 73.6%
225 32.7%   1992 Pittsburgh Pirates   7/29/1992 60.7%
226 32.9%   1972 Pittsburgh Pirates   6/3/1972 85.4%
227 33.1%   1968 St. Louis Cardinals   6/1/1968 86.1%
228 34.4%   2002 Anaheim Angels   7/15/2002 63.7%
229 35.1%   2008 Tampa Bay Rays   6/5/2008 75.5%
230 35.4%   1954 Cleveland Indians   7/11/1954 66.5%
231 35.7%   2009 New York Yankees   6/24/2009 78.1%
232 36.1%   1904 New York Giants   6/5/1904 90.2%
233 36.3%   1980 Kansas City Royals   6/2/1980 90.3%
234 36.5%   1971 San Francisco Giants   7/7/1971 71.9%
235 36.6%   1943 St. Louis Cardinals   6/30/1943 83.6%
236 37.1%   1940 Cincinnati Reds   6/15/1940 80.8%
237 37.1%   1941 Brooklyn Dodgers   6/13/1941 63.6%
238 37.5%   1947 New York Yankees   6/2/1947 85.8%
239 37.6%   1956 New York Yankees   6/24/1956 81.4%
240 37.7%   1924 New York Giants   6/13/1924 73.6%
241 37.7%   2004 Boston Red Sox   7/23/2004 65.6%
242 38.0%   1985 Toronto Blue Jays   6/18/1985 69.2%
243 38.0%   2001 Cleveland Indians   7/16/2001 72.1%
244 38.3%   2004 St. Louis Cardinals   6/1/2004 88.3%
245 38.3%   1972 Oakland Athletics   6/2/1972 83.1%
246 38.4%   1997 Cleveland Indians   6/20/1997 70.5%
247 38.8%   1928 New York Yankees   9/8/1928 82.2%
248 39.4%   1974 Oakland Athletics   6/19/1974 81.7%
249 39.8%   2002 St. Louis Cardinals   6/2/2002 72.6%
250 40.1%   1952 Brooklyn Dodgers   6/3/1952 85.1%
251 40.4%   1988 Los Angeles Dodgers   8/9/1988 73.7%
252 40.9%   2011 Texas Rangers   7/3/2011 74.0%
253 41.3%   2005 San Diego Padres   8/1/2005 75.6%
254 41.3%   1995 Atlanta Braves   6/13/1995 88.9%
255 41.8%   2007 Cleveland Indians   8/14/2007 69.1%
256 41.9%   1999 Texas Rangers   6/22/1999 80.7%
257 42.2%   2002 Arizona Diamondbacks   7/2/2002 81.6%
258 42.2%   1980 New York Yankees   6/12/1980 68.9%
259 42.4%   2008 Los Angeles Angels   6/16/2008 81.2%
260 42.9%   1913 Philadelphia Athletics   6/1/1913 88.4%
261 42.9%   1926 New York Yankees   6/7/1926 81.3%
262 42.9%   1998 Boston Red Sox   6/1/1998 84.6%
263 42.9%   2005 Los Angeles Angels   8/30/2005 74.1%
264 43.5%   2003 New York Yankees   6/11/2003 81.0%
265 44.3%   1979 Baltimore Orioles   6/5/1979 75.1%
266 44.4%   1997 New York Yankees   6/4/1997 83.4%
267 45.1%   2003 San Francisco Giants   6/26/2003 83.0%
268 45.4%   1987 St. Louis Cardinals   6/3/1987 73.7%
269 45.7%   2010 Texas Rangers   6/7/2010 86.2%
270 45.9%   2009 Boston Red Sox   8/17/2009 74.4%
271 46.0%   1917 New York Giants   6/6/1917 89.0%
272 46.0%   2000 Seattle Mariners   6/9/2000 80.4%
273 46.3%   1970 Cincinnati Reds   6/4/1970 87.7%
274 46.6%   1917 Chicago White Sox   7/11/1917 77.5%
275 46.7%   2001 New York Yankees   6/5/2001 79.8%
276 47.6%   1975 Cincinnati Reds   6/1/1975 90.6%
277 47.8%   1968 Detroit Tigers   6/5/1968 82.8%
278 48.1%   1999 Arizona Diamondbacks   7/19/1999 85.9%
279 48.2%   1971 Pittsburgh Pirates   6/3/1971 86.9%
280 49.1%   1999 Atlanta Braves   6/14/1999 79.5%
281 49.1%   1991 Pittsburgh Pirates   6/26/1991 80.3%
282 49.3%   1970 Baltimore Orioles   6/23/1970 84.2%
283 49.5%   1966 Baltimore Orioles   6/6/1966 89.4%
284 49.9%   1989 San Francisco Giants   6/8/1989 82.3%




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